What is the role of Streptococcus pneumoniae culture in the workup of pediatric pneumococcal infections?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Meera Varman, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Answer

Culture of S pneumoniae from usually sterile body fluids (eg, blood, CSF, pleural fluid, middle ear effusion, synovial fluid) establishes the diagnosis definitively.

Perform susceptibility testing when an invasive infection is present.


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